On Wednesday, September 21, Rennes announced the arrival of the Portuguese Zika. Free since his contract with Lille expired this summer, the 27-year-old midfielder has joined for two years with Stade Rennes.
After Baptiste Santamaria’s long-term injury, Stade Rennes badly needs reinforcements in its midfield. The Reds and the Blacks announced, on September 21, the arrival of the Portuguese Zika who would be in charge of this mission.
Since his contract expired at Lille this summer, the 27-year-old midfielder has joined for two years with Rennes.
Zika “He is a complete midfielder who knows the French league and was the champion of France with Lille” In 2021, Rennes Sports Director, Florian Morris, rejoices in a press release “An excellent player who is able to retrieve balls, drop himself forward and score goals with his head or foot”.
After abandoning the enlistment of an influential midfielder this summer, however, the profile made as a priority by coach Bruno Genesio, Rennes relaunched his quest last week, following the injury of Baptiste Santamaria.
Defensive midfielder Rennes, the accelerator at the start of the Rouge et Noir season, was beaten in the victory over Auxerre on September 11 (5-0), in anticipation of the seventh day of the French Ligue 1. He underwent ankle ligament surgery this week and will not be back on the field until February.
Besides the physical impact, Rennes has been looking for experience in the sector, where Geneseo has several promising but young players such as Desiree Douy, 17, and Leslie Ogochukwu, 18.
“I appreciate his character, his personality, Grinta and his winning mentality.” Florian sets out Morris again, without allowing Raine supporters to show any concern.
In April 2021, Christophe Galtier, then coach of Lille, had already kicked Zika out of a crucial match against Paris Saint-Germain because of ‘Inappropriate and inappropriate behaviour’.
Born in Rebordosa, Xeka trained in Portugal and Valencia, making his La Liga debut in 2016. He arrived on loan to Lille in January 2017, and has been there until this summer, with a loan to Dijon for the 2018-2019 season.
Due to his late arrival, he cannot be added to Rennes’ qualifying list for the Europa League and will therefore only play Ligue 1 matches this season.